Monday, April 9, 2012

Breastfeeding Stories

When I had my first born, I had so many problems trying to nurse him. The pain was beyond imaginable, and no one could figure out why. My latch was perfect, there was no tongue tie; nothing that should make it feel like a vice was clamping down on me, but it did. I even had the lactation specialist, at the hospital, tell me to give up and just bottle feed. Well, she didn't know me very well at all. I didn't give up, but kept looking for the answers. Finally a doctor, who had a family with a ton of auto immune diseases, told me that my symptoms were a product of Rayaud's disease.  Low and behold, with some medication, the pain disappeared completely! After 8 long and painful weeks, I was able to nurse my son with no pain at all! I have, and am still currently, nursed 3 children, the last 2 with no pain because I knew what the problem was. I love hearing of women who don't give up, refuse to listen to other people tell them to bottle feed because it's to hard, and battle thru and have successful breastfeeding relationships. This lady, though, takes the cake Breastfeeding, the ICU, support, and Facebook- Support that keeps on giving  

I have so much respect for this woman and the people who helped her. I know, from my own experience, that a lot of nurses don't know a lot about breastfeeding, and the hospitals are so quick to give you tons of 'samples' of formula (for if you find breastfeeding to much) and really screws up a successful breastfeeding relationship. I wish there were more nurses, like the ones who helped Serena, and would help you no matter what, instead of insisting you just give the baby a bottle. Serena truly is an inspiration to all of us, no matter what breastfeeding battles you're going thru.

Until Next Time,

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you looked for answers. My oldest son was born at 33 weeks and spent 2 weeks in the NICU. I wasn't allowed to really try and nurse him. They put so much emphasis on getting him out of there that I was just pumping his feeds and giving him bottles. I was lucky enough to be able to transition him to the breast when we got home and he nursed until he was 17 months (pregnancy weaned). I had no idea what a rarity people who persist at nursing were until I had my second and all of the LCs at the hospital wanted to meet me after hearing my story with my oldest.


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